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Comment Re:In short? (Score 1) 318 318

1) Most people are not most productive at home. In fact, most people are significantly less productive at home due to many more distractions around them.

You are in control of those. I literally work from a basement at the moment because it's extremely quiet and the temperature is exactly right most of the year. My wife and children know that I am working there and keep the distractions to a minimum. I know, there are people who go "since you are at home anyway (and sitting on your ass), can you ...". Don't. Make clear to family and friends that during working hours you are at work and not at home goofing around.

2) Commuting (at least relatively short commutes) has been shown to be a good way of clearing your brain, and getting it into or out of work mode. It doesn't really hurt productivity unless you're doing it for hours.

I can go out for a short walk, or even a hike. I can take a shower or a nap. I can play with Lego with my son or daughter for a while. Or listen to their stories. Now and then I use my wife as a "rubber ducky", i.e., I explain her a problem I am trying to tackle and while doing so I often find the solution. Don't you think that's even more productive?

3) Skype does not make communication with coworkers a snap. It imparts a major cognitive overhead.

Agreed. I mostly communicate by email so I am in control and not interrupted when busy. I rarely use Skype but if I do I use text chat.

4) Communication does not just come down to a few meetings a week that could (with more effort) be done via Skype. By working at home you remove any chance of corridor conversations, which typically, are by far the most productive communication in an office.

You can have those conversations (or read them) on Reddit, Stackoverflow, Usenet (well, in the past, no idea how it's now). In my experience written communication is shorter and also leaves space to think. With verbal communication it's (to me) often like I have to have an answer right now. If I am able to explain a problem I am having to a colleague I am able to Google for it, or ask on line. Or talk to my wife ;-) (see up).

Comment ... like Taylor Swift robs photographers ... (Score 2) 134 134

Apple Music wanted to rob artists like Taylor Swift robs photographers

To not pay artists during Apple Music’s free three-month trial period is exploitive, the singer-songwriter suggested, not to mention “shocking” and “disappointing.”

So forgive music photographer Jason Sheldon if he is unable to Shake It Off and is bothered by the hypocrisy of her stance. Editorial photographers assigned to shoot her shows must sign away rights to their photos, preventing them from being paid while giving Swift unlimited use of the pictures for publicity and promotion.

Source: http://www.cultofmac.com/32698...

Comment Re:great news (Score 1) 132 132

Missing? Don't know about that. My Mac mini came with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. As did my iPad Air 2. With continuation and hand-off that's hard to beat (in my case). As for LibreOffice/OpenOffice I've always considered a major pain in the neck to use. But that might be very well just me. Most of the stuff I write I do on Emacs in org mode. Mac users who need LibreOffice know someone who can install it for them. Same story as for Windows.

Comment Re:APPS? x86 *APPS* (Score 1) 82 82

In RISC OS (operating system running on an ARM processor, several decades ago) applications where stored in an Apps folder ... E.g. see: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi... RISC OS had also drag & drop installation and several other nifty ideas, some which still live on. One can run a modern version on the Pi.

Comment Re:History repeats itself... (Score 1) 82 82

This was in the late 80s when (slow) XTs where still very common. I recall running software like PSPICE and WordPerfect without much trouble. The processor emulated was a 80188 (not 80186 as I mentioned earlier), which was used in the XT line of PCs. So comparing it with an AT PC is a bit unfair. I do think it was quite an achievement to emulate a processor at close to the same speed in software.

Of course I had bought the Acorn Archimedes for its ARM processor; I did program in assembly back in the day, and loved the very simple but powerful instruction set. Anyway, thanks for the link. I am quite sure I read the original back in the day.

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